City sells Doerhoefer-Hampton House in Russell neighborhood

August 23, 2019

Building will serve as meeting space, headquarters for men of color mentoring program

 

Louisville Metro Government is selling Doerhoefer-Hampton House, 2422 and 2424 W. Chestnut St., to local nonprofit Theta Omega Inc.

Louisville Metro Council approved a surplus resolution on Thursday, Aug. 22, allowing the sale.

Theta Omega Inc. plans to renovate the house and use it as its headquarters, as well as for office and meeting space for the local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapter, Omega Psi Phi’s Men of Quality Mentoring Initiative, and the Summer Leadership Academy for young men.

“We are excited that Theta Omega plans to restore the historic mansion and reimagine it as a place where young men can learn important life lessons and residents can gather,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This project aligns with the city’s mission to ensure that the people of Russell not only have a say but also play a role in the development of their neighborhood.”

Members of Omega Psi Phi currently host meetings at Chestnut Street YMCA.

“It is time for us to have our own place, and the Doerhoefer-Hampton House is in an absolutely magnificent property,” said Audwin Helton and Lester Sanders of Theta Omega Inc. “We are committed to making a difference with the students in our Men of Quality Program and the neighborhood as a whole.”

Basileus Greg Blount of the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi said, “The members are both anxious and excited about this great opportunity.”

The Doerhoefer-Hampton House was built in 1882 by Basil Doerhoefer, a successful local tobacco merchant. During his lifetime, Doerhoefer also was among the organizers of Seelbach Realty Company, which built the Seelbach Hotel, but he is most well-known for developing in west Louisville, particularly the Shawnee neighborhood.

The city purchased the property at auction in July 1978.

The sale of this property to Theta Omega Inc. is the realization of a previously documented desire to see the house restored for the benefit of the Russell neighborhood. In the late 1970s, Louisville Metro noted plans to use the Doerhoefer-Hampton House as a meeting place for fraternal and civic groups in its application for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Doerhoefer-Hampton House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The application calls the Italianate-style former home “the most architecturally prominent structure in the Russell neighborhood.

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